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Butler Elementary - August/September 2022 - Volume 1

Butler at its Best!

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Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

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Standard School Day - Butler "C-School" Hours

Please note the following times to anticipate our Butler Schedule:

Butler School Day - "C" School:

Grades 1 through 6 - 9:05 a.m. — 3:45 p.m.

AM Kindergarten: 9:05 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. (Mid-Day Pick-Up)

PM Kindergarten: 1:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Mid-Day Drop-Off)

Typical 2-Hour Delay Schedule:

Delayed Opening Arrival - 10:45 a.m. (K-6)

Normal Dismissal - 3:45 p.m. (K-6)

AM Kindergarten - 11:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. (adjusted hours)

PM Kindergarten - 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (adjusted hours)

** Early Dismissal Days / Or Scheduled Half Days - 12:25 p.m.

Introducing the 2022-2023 Butler Elementary Teachers

Kindergarten: Ms. Abert (PM), Mrs. Camburn, Mrs. Nieves (AM), Ms. Taylor (EDK)

1st Grade: Ms. Bortz, Mrs. Dubinski, Mrs. Fernandez, Ms. Garner, Mrs. Rosica

2nd Grade: Mrs. Deschambeau, Mrs. Kasprzyk, Mrs. Kessler, Ms. Patterson, Mrs. Rudolph, Mrs. Warner

3rd Grade: Ms. Bigler, Ms. Gelb, Mrs. Gilluly, Mrs. Kauffman, Mrs. Szczypiroski

4th Grade: Mrs. Bobrownicki, Mrs. Charters, Ms. Davenport, Mrs. Dwyer (Keller), Mrs. Masciangelo, Mrs. Zahustecher

5th Grade: Mrs. Farrell, Mr. Filson, Mr. Guenst, Mrs. Maduzia, Mrs. Schlotter

6th Grade: Mrs. Brown, Mr. Harkrader, Mr. Kelly, Mrs. Keeler, Mrs. Lynch

English Language Development (ELD): Mrs. Cross

Learning Support: Mrs. Firely, Ms. Hatter, Ms. Lawn, Ms. Le, Mrs. Matteson, Mrs. O'Neil, Ms. Watkins

Nurse: Ms. Giovinco, CSN (Nurse Gina)

PEN: Mrs. Neal

Reading Specialists: Mrs. Burkholder, Mrs. Kuhn, Mrs. Meade, Mrs. Sauers

Specialists: Ms. Cochran (PE), Mrs. Casey (Art), Mrs. Engart (Phys. Ed.), Ms. Griffin (Music), Mrs. Hanna (Library)/Mrs. Thomas (Mon PM-Library), Mrs. Free (Tuesday-Library); Mrs. Augustine (QUEST)/Mrs. Kerns (Th/Fri-QUEST); Mrs. Hartzell (Strings); Mr. Robinson (Band)

Speech: Mrs. Sand

Student Support Counselors: Mrs. O'Connell (Grades KAM,2,4,6) Mrs. Milotich (Grades KPM,1,3,5)

Principals: Mr. Funseth (Principal); Dr. Doherty (Assistant Principal)

First Day of School Photos

The first days of school have been rewarding! Our "veteran Butler Bears" came right back to school eager to see their new rooms and old friends. Our new students already made connections to the teachers and classmates. It's great to be back enjoying the excitement for the start of the school year! Enjoy these first day photos at Butler!

Important Information

Mandatory Annual Student Update - Please Complete This Task

All registered students must be updated by September 30th - via Parent Portal

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Car Rider Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

Arrival and Dismissal procedures for Carline (and school) are paramount in our operation. Please be reminded:


  • School Doors officially open at 8:45 AM.
  • PLEASE have car-riders REMAIN in vehicles until staff is in place at 8:45 AM.
  • Walkers will be assembling under the canopy by the front doors, but we request car-riders remain in vehicles so traffic is not moving while children are walking to school.
  • We will have a crosswalk attendee supporting student walker arrival and traffic flow.
  • Please keep your eyes open for student walkers and adhere to speed limit postings.


  • Car-Rider dismissal will again take place from our Gym Atrium Doors.
  • Parents remain in vehicles at all times; a staff member will call the student to meet the vehicle in our pull-around spaces.
  • A placard will be provided to each family on the first day - please fill-out and place on dashboard for quicker processing in the year.

With the start of the new year, timing will continue to improve - new routines for students and personnel takes time. There was a dramatic improvement in timing from day one to day two - Thank you Families! Soon, our dismissal procedures will be efficient and familiar - we just ask (kindly) for your understanding and patience.

Absence Reporting Update - Families

In 21-22, the Central Bucks School District adjusted the way in which absences are reported. The system is continuing this year - please follow these protocols:

Key Points:

  • Parents and guardians are able to submit absence requests via the Parent Portal. Parents can request a full day absence, early dismissal, or late arrival.
  • Absence requests will be reviewed by school attendance staff and approved or denied.
  • Requests made using the parent portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. Parents will not be required to submit an excuse either electronic or written if on the portal.
  • Parents and guardians may also still call or email the school to report an absence.

    In addition, when a student is absent from school, but the school did not receive communication from the parent or guardian, the following communication will be sent:

    • A text message will be sent 10:30 AM notifying the parent or guardian of the absence.
    • An email will also be sent at the same time reminding the parent or guardian that the student was marked absent.
    • If the written notification is sent in error, please contact the school 267-893-4250 to resolve the conflict.

    Please Note: Butler_Attendance is NO LONGER an option for reporting absences. Please email the teacher and the Attendance Secretary (Michele Droxler)

      Information regarding how to use the Parent Portal to report an absence can be found here.

      Daily Recess/Lunch Schedules

      3rd Grade - 10:30-11:00 - Recess / 11:00-11:30 Lunch

      6th Grade - 11:00-11:30 - Recess / 11:30-12:00 Lunch

      4th Grade - 11:30-12:00 - Recess / 12:00-12:30 Lunch

      5th Grade - 12:00-12:30 - Recess / 12:30-1:00 Lunch

      1st Grade/EDK - 12:30 - 1:00 - Recess / 1:00-1:30 Lunch

      2nd Grade - 1:00 - 1:30 - Recess / 1:30-2:00 Lunch

      Aramark - Food Services Update

      In June of 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service ended the program that provide free meals for all students, regardless of income, during the pandemic. Now, school meals are: breakfast $1.65 or lunch $2.60.

      We encourage all families to put money on their students account through - and are attempting to limit the need for cash transactions to simplify the process for your elementary child.

      All menus are available to be viewed online up to 2 weeks in advance by visiting

      Free & Reduced Lunch Program

      To access the application and understand important details regarding the "Free & Reduced Lunch" Program, please CLICK HERE.

      Central Bucks Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

      Butler has a team of professional staff (including student counselors, special education, gifted education, psychologist, reading specialists and every classroom teacher) who are a part of our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) - meeting regularly to discuss instructional practices and individual student needs. The team reviews students’ progress and suggests strategies for support of students' academic, behavioral, or social needs. This system occurs district-wide and takes place in every CB school. We, at Butler, will focus upon meeting the needs of every student and supporting their ability to learn and grow!
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      Grade Level Supply Lists

      In addition to your welcome letters, please be sure to locate your child's grade-level Supply List. This was created at the end of last school year and communicated then for your planning purposes. Please refer here to review items recommended by your child's grade-level in preparation for the year ahead!

      Before & After Care for the 2022-2023 School Year

      The 22-23 Before & After Care Community School Program is now open. Please visit the CBSD Childcare Program site for more information on how to register your child.

      CLICK HERE to Register for Before/After Care with CB Community School!

      CB Aquatics - Employment Opportunity

      Central Bucks Aquatics has openings for assistant swim coaches for our introductory and competitive swim teams for the 2022-2023 school year. This is often a great fit for individuals who already work for CBSD. If you have prior swimming and/or coaching experience, that is great but if not, we will train you. Practices are at CB East and CB South High Schools.

      Typical Practice Days/Times

      Exact practice times vary throughout the year but are generally 2 to 3 hours within these time frames:

      Monday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.
      Occasional Fridays 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
      Some Saturday mornings 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

      Additional opportunities are available for coaches with previous USAS coaching experience.

      Contact Roberta Lichter at for more information and to apply.

      CB Student Services Department

      Our Central Bucks “Guidance” Department will now be known as “Student Services” Department. We are making this name change K-12 to better represent the wide-range of services that our Department provides to students and families across the district. While we certainly provide “guidance” to students, our School Counselors, School Psychologists, Student Support Social Workers, Student Support Counselors, and Nurses provide services including academic planning; college and career planning; social and emotional programs and initiatives; physical wellness; connections to community resources (financial, housing, food, services); and educational record management. We look forward to seeing students and families in our Student Services Office!

      Student 1:1 Device Assistance

      Visit the CBSD Technology and Innovation website to troubleshoot issues with any district-provided device. Place a Help Desk Ticket through the website if the tips listed on the website do not resolve the issue.

      Department Updates

      Health Room Update - Required Health Exams for 22-23 School Year

      The State of Pennsylvania requires students in elementary grades to have health exams:

      • Students entering Kindergarten and students new to the district - Dental and Physical Exams.
      • Students entering 3rd Grade (and 7th Grade) - Dental Exam.
      • Students entering 6th Grade (and 11th Grade) - Physical Exam.

      The dental and physical forms can be found by CLICKING HERE. Parents are urged to have physical and dental examinations completed by their family physician and/or dentist and submitted prior to October 15th of the year that they are due. Exams may be completed any time after September 1st of the prior calendar year. You can upload your completed forms to your child's Parent Portal account. **Please keep a copy of the health form for your records.

      Consider an Instrument - 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades

      Visit the District Music website for more information! Click Here

      String Lessons are available to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

      Band Lessons are available to 5th and 6th graders.

      Mrs. Hartzell (Orchestra Director) and Mr. Robinson (Band Director) hope to see a lot of new band and string students and cannot wait to get started this year! We look forward to teaching the students how to play an instrument and to best prepare for the end of year concerts. Today, we held an assembly for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to demonstrate all of the different instruments, answer questions, and share the joy of being a musician and joining the music program. We always encourage students to pick the instrument that they most like and the sound it makes!

      If you have any questions, please email the string or band director:

      STRINGS: Donna Hartzell –

      BAND: Mike Robinson –
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      Calendar and Upcoming Events

      School Calendar


      Aug. 29 - First Day of School for Students

      Aug. 31 - BTSN Grades 5&6 (Schedule Below)


      Sept. 2 - Labor Day Holiday - School/Offices Closed

      Sept. 5 - Labor Day - School/Offices Closed

      Sept. 6 - BTSN Grades 1&2 (Schedule Below)

      Sept. 7 - BTSN Grades 3&4 (Schedule Below)

      Sept. 8 - CB South BTSN

      Sept. 13 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM - 16 Welden (ESC)

      Sept. 15 - Unami BTSN (7th Grade)

      Sept. 16 - Butler Picture Day

      Sept. 22 - Unami BTSN (8th & 9th Grades)

      Sept. 23 - Butler PTO Bingo Night

      Sept 26 - Holiday - No School for Students (Office Open) - Rosh Hashanah


      CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.

      CHIP is brought to you by leading health insurance companies. You'll have a choice of major insurance companies with networks of physicians, specialists, and care facilities near you. Your kids may even be able to keep visiting the same doctors they see today.

      Click here to find out more information & to apply!
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      Butler Back to School Night Dates

      As a reminder, the first day of school will be Monday, August 29, 2022. With the start of school comes our Back to School Nights (BTSN’s) as they are an important opportunity for all parents to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the year ahead!

      BTS Nights will be held according to the following schedule:

      Thursday, 8/25 - 1:30PM-3:00PM - Kindergarten BTS Orientation, Transportation/Bus

      Wednesday, 8/31 - 6:30 PM - Grade 5; 7:30 PM - Grade 6

      Tuesday, 9/6 - 6:30 PM - Grade 1; 7:30 PM - Grade 2

      Wednesday, 9/7 - 5:45 PM - PEN (Cafeteria); 6:30 PM - Grade 3; 7:30 PM - Grade 4

      *Please Note: When you arrive, walk directly to your child’s classroom (except where noted) so you do not miss any of your teacher’s presentation. For each of our grade levels, BTSN will start promptly at noted times.

      Butler Picture Day - 9/16

      Mark your calendars, comb/brush your hair, and find you best outfit for Butler's 22-23 Picture Day on September 16th! More details and information to be sent home in the Wednesday Folders!

      Picture Retake Day is scheduled for October 27, 2022

      CB South Titans Ice Hockey

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      CB South Cheer Clinic 9/18/22

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      CB Community School Swim Lessons

      Programs are offered throughout the year. More information can be found on the CBSD website under "District Links" click on "Community School".

      Email Roberta Lichter at with questions.

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      School Happenings

      Butler Elementary Town Hall Meeting Highlights!

      The Butler staff has so many important events and plans in making this year as special as ever. In order to make this year among the best ever, our teachers and support staff have been working diligently on reintroducing the students to the Butler Paw Power Program - highlighting our school attributes: Understanding, Teamwork, Leadership, Educational Excellence, and Respect! Together, these practices help our students make Butler at its Best! Our students joined at our Town Hall Meeting to review our standards and expectations - as we work hard to help all of our Butler Bears shine!

      New Families School Tour and Student Social

      Our Butler 6th Grade Student Ambassadors led our newest Butler families on a tour of our school - introducing them to the building that their students will call "home" hopefully for many years! Students identified the various rooms and levels of our school, sharing some of their favorite reasons why they love being Butler Bears! Mr. Funseth launched the event with an introduction and welcome while the PTO Cabinet shared all of the important events we hold within our community. At the end, families met the teams of teachers across all grade levels prior to the start of school - looking forward to the 22-23 school year!

      Kindergarten Back to School Night

      Our Kindergarten Students and families joined the Butler Teachers and Staff for a welcome to Kindergarten Event on Thursday, August 25th. As students were learning about the bus and safe riding behaviors, parents held their Back to School Meeting with the teachers and staff. Our teachers introduced themselves and provided lots of information and details about a successful Kindergarten year. We look forward to all the learning that will be taking place with Mrs. Camburn, Mrs. Nieves, Miss Abert, and Miss Taylor this year!
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      CBSD Kindergarten Transportation Orientation

      There is always a buzz in the air when our Kindergarteners get to visit Butler School! This was certainly the case on Thursday, August 25th, when our new youngest students held a special bus orientation with the Central Bucks Transportation Department and story time with the Principals. Students learned all about the safety rules for riding the bus and how important it is to "Stay Seated" "Talk Quietly" and "Face Forward" for the bus drivers. After the fun bus ride around the neighborhood with the help of our Butler Ambassadors, the children received story time from Mr. Funseth and Dr. Doherty. It was a great introduction to our school and we hope it helped ease their anticipation on the first day of class!

      Butler Community "Chalks the Walk" for our Teachers and Staff

      Thanks to the Butler Community who (not only) chalked welcome messages once, but came back TWICE following the rain over the weekend prior to the first day of school! Some beautiful art and kind-hearted words helped to add to the excitement to the day!
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      Butler - First Fire Drill of the Year

      The first week is a time where learning (relearning) school protocols and procedures is important for the structure for those planned and unplanned times of the school year. This includes our standards for safety and security within our Emergency Planning Procedures. Each month of the year, Butler will hold fire drills to practice to automaticity - highlighting silent, quick exits of the building if ever in a real emergency. On Wednesday, August 31st, we held our first fire drill of the year with over 830+ children having cleared the building in just over 2-minutes. That's incredible - Great Job Bears!

      Butler Teachers Travel to Fluxspace - for Opening Day Professional Development!

      Butler Principals, Mr. Funseth and Dr. Doherty, took a "field trip" with teachers on Tuesday, August 23rd to Fluxspace - an educational facility that promotes team explorations and collaboration - all at their amazing location! To begin their morning, our teachers learned about new district initiatives and other year-long explorations. Then had time to explore the building's many themed rooms. To end our day, teachers collaborated within teams building parachutes, structures, and circuits - connecting to our curriculum in unique and interesting ways. Many of the activities can be duplicated with students - and teachers may have an opportunity to bring their own classrooms to Flux for team building exercises! It was a great day reconnecting with our Butler Staff! Thank you to director Ryne Andrews and the staff at Fluxspace for hosting our teachers!
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      Thank you PTO - Staff Welcome Back Luncheon!

      The Butler PTO organized a delicious "beach-themed" luncheon for our staff as we sail into this 2022-2023 school year! On Thursday, August 25th, we had a delicious lunch that brought our teacher team together - with the support and care of our Butler PTO!. Thanks to Mrs. Mininger and Mrs. Hood for organizing and setting-up the event!

      From the Butler PTO

      Butler PTO

      Welcome back and welcome to the first 2022-23 PTO eNewsletter. Please click to open the newsletter.

      General Meeting Update - 9/19, 7 PM

      Please join the Butler PTO for our first general meeting of the school year - held in the library beginning at 7:00 PM!

      District Contacts

      Central Bucks School District

      Superintendent: Abram Lucabaugh, Ed.D.

      Assistant Superintendent-Secondary: Charles Malone, Ed.D

      Assistant Superintendent-Elementary: Nadine Garvin, Ed.D

      Butler Elementary

      Karl Funseth - Principal

      Peggy Bernabei - Administrative Assistant to Principal

      Sinead Doherty - Assistant Principal

      Michele Droxler - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal